In the community

With hours and even jobs cut, Malheur County workers struggle amid virus rules, shutdowns

Despite temperatures hovering near freezing, dedicated diners huddle up on the Mackey’s Steakhouse patio, using blankets passed out by the servers. Unlike many local restaurants that would need to buy outdoor heaters and equipment, Mackey’s already had a fully equipped deck because of its yearly St. Patrick’s Day festivities which usually spill onto the patio. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO - Each school day, Heather Johnson gets her 7-year-old daughter ready and drives the two of them to work at Mackey’s Steakhouse and Pub in Ontario.

While Johnson, the restaurant’s administrative assistant, does her “work-work,” her daughter attends school online on the office connection. Then, her daughter goes to her grandparents’ house, and Johnson readies herself for the six-hour lunch shift, during which she serves as bar manager to a quiet . . .